In the third installment of the series Sundae with Nuts we’ll take a look at George Byron, Lewis Carroll, and Stephen Crane.
I came to know George Gordon Byron, commonly known as Lord Byron, when I was a teenager and first became aware of the history of the novel Frankenstein. Frankenstein, was written by Mary (Gordon) Shelly as a fragment when Byron was visiting with her and her future husband Percy Shelly (also on this list) in Lake Geneva, Switzerland.
Lewis Carroll was a Pen Name for Englishman Charles L Dodgson. Carroll is of course best known for his fiction Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and Through the Looking-Glass. I have never read either work. I have seen the film with Johnny Depp, but that hardy equates I think. When I was a teenage I bought a t-shirt from a Head Shop with a Hookah Smoking Caterpillar on it a popular character from the formerly mentioned work. I loved the shirt and wore it to tatters. I was very depressed when I had to toss it out before Mom could claim it as a dust rag–that indignation would have been too great to bear.
But I DID read Jabberwocky which came from Alice’s Adventures . . . I read it over and over. I committed it to memory and would occasionally bore listeners to tears as I recited it from heart.
Here it is in it’s entirety. It drives the Spellchecker INSANE! 😀
It took me a moment to remember exactly why it was that I liked Crane enough to include him in this list. Then I remembered. It was for this poem alone. It’s not much a poem actually–more of a parable really. But I like it and others have called it a poem, so I’m not going to argue. It’s short. This is it in its entirety. It’s deeply thought provoking. How can we, as flawed humans convict any human for their wickedness? Did not even God sacrifice his own child just for the sake of saving wicked humanity? Where is the mother who does not love her child?